Outdoor environments fulfill children’s basic needs for freedom, adventure, experimentation, risk-taking, and just being children (Greenman, 1993). Children need the opportunity to explore the unknown, the unpredictable, and the adventurous. They also need to be able to wonder at nature, from the worm gliding through the newly turned dirt in the garden to the monarch butterfly emerging out of the chrysalis and gracefully fluttering away in the summer breeze.
This short research piece (attached in by the link below) outlines the case that good outdoor provision is not about expensive resources. It comes from making the most of the space and resources you have combined with a positive, enthusiastic and engaged attitude from adults. Together these facilitate meaningful learning experiences for the young children in your care that will vitally support their holistic development.
Further more it argues that that there is growing evidence that children’s contact and involvement with nature and the physical activity involved with this affects not only impact upon their well-being but also their long-term health and life pathways.